Nearly 50 percent of the current trades workforce in the energy industry will be eligible to retire in the next five years. With that many jobs opening, there’s an opportunity to educate young people, or anyone interested in a career in skilled trades. 
 
Recently, the DTE Workforce Development team created a new website called Discoverskilledtrades.com which features videos and short descriptions of different jobs in the energy trades. The goal is for this site to become a resource for educators, counselors, students, parents and all Michiganders looking for a rewarding career in a high-demand field. 
 
You too can use this resource when talking about a career in energy.  
 
“Discover Skilled Trades helps us reach an audience we might not reach in the schools or at events,” says Deborah Majeski, manager, Center of Excellence/Workforce Development. “Visitors can learn a lot of information that can help them consider a future career in the energy trades.” 
 
The site was created with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and directs those interested to the Power and Trades Pathways Program at Henry Ford College. 
 
Visitors to Discoverskilledtrades.com can get an idea of the different kinds of jobs and careers they can pursue, and that they’ll be trained and earn a paycheck at the same time. Clicking through to the Henry Ford College Power and Trades Pathways Programs site can give more info on career paths and salaries. 
 
Discover Skilled Trades is a great tool to inform and educate young people on career options in the energy skilled trades. It’s especially important now as the need for skilled trades workers increases and the cost of a four-year college education skyrockets. 
 
Do you know someone who might be interested in an energy trades career path? Share the new site, and https://discoverskilledtrades.com/ check out the intro video below.